BUCKINGHAM Town 1st XI slipped to a four-wicket defeat against Great Brickhill in Division One on Saturday.
With the sun shining and not a drop of rain around, Town were able to play their first game in three weeks and were put into bat after losing the toss.
The hosts started badly as they lost two early wickets to the bowling of Nick Tweed.
But opener Sam Keegan (51) batted well and, alongside Jack Parish (13), rebuilt the innings.
Simon Myatt (24) joined Keegan once Parish was dismissed to take Town up to 97-3 before the introduction of Garth Davson removed both batsman in quick succession.
Wayne Platts (27) and Ben Laycock (44) began another rebuilding job to add 48 runs and put Buckingham in a strong position at 163-5.
But Town’s hopes of reaching 200 faded as the home side lost their last five wickets for 26 runs to finish 189 all out.
In reply, Great Brickhill lost opener N Cadman for seven when he was caught off Wayne Platts bowling but Davson (39) and Graeme Carter (47) both batted well to put the visitors in control.
Davson was dropped three times during his innings before Jason Ell finally removed him.
Ell took a further three wickets with Platts also taking one to seemingly put Town in command as Brickhill were 144-6.
But Greg MacDonald (43 not out) and Simon Chapman (17 not out) put together a fine partnership to see the visitors over the line with 3.4 overs to space.
This Saturday, Town will hope to move up from seventh spot in the table with an away match at eighth-placed Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts.